Havana: An Earl Swagger Novel

By Stephen Hunter

NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER

Outgunning all others within the area of razor-edged motion and sheer guts, New York occasions bestselling writer Stephen Hunter plunges Earl Swagger deep right into a steamy underworld of energy, politics, and blood. . . .

Cuba, 1953: The island is on hearth.

The Mafia-run casinos are rolling, and it’s only a 30-minute flight from Miami to a global of vice, playing, intercourse, and medicine. the cash is there for a person who understands the way to get it, together with the Cuban govt and the police, who are looking to preserve their best friend Uncle Sam satisfied. There’s just one hazard to this corrupt utopia: a silver-tongued, bold younger innovative named Fidel Castro. With the chilly struggle below manner, the Soviet Union has despatched a cosmopolitan veteran agent to discover and aid the younger upstart. To counter, the CIA has summoned Medal of Honor–winning ex–Marine sergeant Earl Swagger, whose heroic exploits have earned him the attractiveness of a guy who doesn’t understand how to lose. yet he’s not only going to discover Castro. . . .

He’s going to kill him.

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